Zoning notice from Burlington, VT – CC image from Don Shall
The ‘right’ density: In the process of putting this post together, I missed Ryan Avent’s piece in The Economist, mentioning some of the broader consequences of land use regulation constraints. It’s a great summary of some of the key issues regarding density, constraints
Continue reading Density links – process and constraints
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A few more thoughts on recent discussions of density. Better Cities and Towns offers a summary of Richard Florida’s recent speech (video is corrupted, unfortunately – it gets very choppy 1/3 the way through) at CNU. The twitter summary: quality of place trumps density.
Like previous discussions
Continue reading What do we mean by ‘density’?
Robocar electronics – CC image from Steve Jurvetson
If we can agree that technology doesn’t change geometry, and therefore driverless cars won’t substantially change the fundamental capacity and spatial requirements of our current auto-based transportation systems, then what would they change?
Chris Bradford takes a stab at this question, taking note of Matt Ygleisas’s
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One more round on density – this time focusing on affordability via the tangentially related prospect of innovative and creative economies.
Richard Florida chimed in at The Atlantic Cities, asking this:
Stop and think for a moment: What kind of environments spur new innovation, start-ups and high-tech industries? Can
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Via the Streetsblog Network, I came across this Salon piece from Michael Lind praising our future driverless car overlords. Angie Schmidt at Streetsblog did a nice job to take down some of Lind’s loaded language, particularly the bits about “rigging markets” (which rings just as hollow as the cries about “social engineering” – as Timothy
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Ryan Avent, writing at Architect Magazine, takes a look at the recently floated idea of putting a Redskins practice facility at Reservation 13 in DC. One of the reasons for the backlash against the idea was the opportunity cost of a metro-adjacent, develop-able site (a scarce enough commodity in DC) lying fallow for the purposes
Continue reading Density helps provide public benefits
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Some illustrative links from the world of rail transportation:
From Reason and Rail: Why the freight railroads will never electrify.
This is the problem which freight electrification faces. While electrification would represent a lessening in fuel expenses, especially as the price of oil is expected to rise another 20-30%
Continue reading Rail transport links – carry that weight
'Truth' – CC image from Kellan
A few items on affordability and development:
Short term vs. long term: Matt Yglesias asks why we’re not building more multi-unit buildings in the face of tremendous demand, and the answer is (broadly speaking) financing:
Karl Smith, citing me, blames anti-density land use rules. Naturally I would like
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